By Vivian Roycroft
Published: November 27, 2014
Book Blurb:Whenever Fidelity Scott hears a certain gentleman’s name, she turns into a mindless, quivering puddle of drool. Well, in all honesty, every young lady does. Sylvestre Brightenburg is that bewitching. He leaves no room for any other man in Fidelity’s thoughts, not even close family friend John Greysteil, whose excellent manners and handsome face perhaps don’t get the attention they deserve.
But when Fidelity realizes everyone in Mayfair knows of her name-induced drooling, she’s mortified to her bones. Her reputation’s only hope is for her to escape to the country, even though that will leave her two young cousins without a chaperone next season. But before she leaves, Grey convinces Fidelity to attend one more masked ball. Armed with a new and sensuous gown, a full-face mask, and complete anonymity, she’s determined to make some scandalous memories to sustain her for the rest of her Brightenburg-less life.
But Grey has other plans for her last evening in town, plans that don’t include the blistering rake all the ladies are sighing over. How can he convince Fidelity she’s making a terrible mistake? How can he win her heart in the crush of a winter masked ball?
Reviewed by Scarlett Roberts, 3.5 out of 5
This was a sweet, short, historical romance. I love the idea of masquerade balls with 100's of people in attendance. I thought about trying to talk my husband into having a masquerade party, but I just don't think it would have quite the same impact with 10 people in attendance? This might be something I'll have to give more consideration.
The story was short, but well-developed. The plot could have been straight from any modern romantic comedy -- girl obsessed with hot bad boy, girl gets her chance with guy and finds out he's a total D-bag, girl’s equally hot, sweet best guy friend swoops in for the rescue and they live happily ever after. Even though it's a common theme, I (and judging by the amount of rom-coms produced every year, a LOT of other people) fall for it every time, so it didn't lessen my reading enjoyment any.
My rating, 3.5 out of 5... And I'm still going to work on having my own masquerade "ball" :)
Review by Scarlett Roberts